Do you find yourself stifled by the competitiveness around you which then puts you on the treadmill of wanting to outdo your "competitors"? Personally, I believe that the best type of competitiveness is when you are always trying to outdo yourself... let me explain.
Whenever your aim in life is to outdo others, guess what - you're playing to lose. Yes because, there will always be another person to outdo when you think you've outdone your deemed competition. You'll never win in life with that mindset. The Bible says that those who compare themselves with others are unwise*
...and I wouldn't want to say that about you - would you?
The better and more productive way of living - not just professionally, but also personally, is playing to win. Yes "playing" - I used that word on purpose. Many say, life is a stage - everyone needs to play their part and leave the stage at sometime. Did you see that word again? For me, life is a big playground.
Unlike a stage where the Play writer or Play Director decides who comes on stage, when they'll come and what they'll do and with whom, a playground is open to all and so chances are you'll interact with many more people than you may have planned to. A playground is a place to have fun...that's how life should be - enjoyable. Jesus came to give us an enjoyable life.** The key to living an enjoyable life is in playing to win - compete against yourself. Constantly strive to be a better person - a better you - then success is closer.
* 2 Cor 1:12 - We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. (NIV)
** John 10:10b - I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). (Amplified)